In order to help general aviation pilots prepare for weather challenges that may occur in the 2014 flying season, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and general aviation groups are joining forces to launch an eight-month national safety campaign.
“Got Weather? #GotWx,” officially kicked off on May 4 in Anchorage at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering. The campaign is aimed at helping pilots prepare for weather related issues by making sure they are as well-trained and knowledgeable as possible. The campaign runs through December and will feature a new weather topic each month.
Weather is the most lethal cause of all major general aviation accidents.
The United States has a very active general aviation community with approximately 188,000 pilots. It is the busiest and most complex airspace in the world. One of the easiest ways for pilots to help reduce the amount of fatal weather related aviation accidents is by fine tuning their pre-flight decision making processes. The “Got Weather?” campaign takes advantage of the numerous resources available to general aviation pilots.
Pilots have access to a website that has everything from quick weather facts and articles, to links for seminars, quizzes and proficiency training programs. The purpose of these online resources is so pilots have access to these anytime, anywhere. Aviation experts further explain that understanding weather and how it affects a planned flight route is essential.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s Most Wanted Lists identifies the Got Weather? outreach efforts as a sign that the FAA and aviation community has a commitment to improving GA safety.
Partners of the Got Weather? Program included the following: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), American Electronics Association (AEA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam), GA Joint Steering Committee, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), Helicopter Association International (HAI), National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA), National Air Transportation Association (NATA), National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI), National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA), Soaring Society of America (SSA), Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), University Aviation Association (UAA), U.S. Parachute Association (USPA).